I used nearly every single trade up until the end of the
second bye round (one saved in 2nd bye), which also quashes the age-old theory
that you have to save trades.
You really don’t! Get your team set then save trades, don’t save trades to set your team.
It should be noted that we were fortunate to have a stellar crop of cheapies last year, while they look scarce this season, so this should be taken into consideration.
It’s important to remember that there are multiple ways to approach the bye, all of which can bring success if you select the right players.
You can opt for the sleeper strategy or the guns strategy.
Fellow SC Playbook contributor Walson Carlos opted for a sleeper strategy last
season, which involves buying players who will get increased minutes due to Origin
The perfect example last season was Corey Waddell, who
replaced Jake Trbojevic at lock for Manly and produced 69 points during the
Origin bye week.
Everyone should aim for a minimum of one sleeper trade in
for each bye round. I opted for the guns approach, bringing in players like
Addin Fonua-Blake and Blake Ferguson who are borderline keepers in their
The thing that I can’t stress enough when bye-planning is
that you need to be watching as many games per round as possible to give
yourself the best chance at winning.
Physically watching NRL gives you more insights than any stats, articles or podcasts ever will.